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5 Reasons: Escort Missions Are Almost Always a Train Wreck

Metal Gear Solid

Escort missions. Few things in videogames can elicit a Khan-like scream of despair from players so quickly. 

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Trust Me! Play Video Games Anywhere, Tailored Games follow

Oculus Rift, VR Headset

Where You Play Affects Your Games (or, Where You Play Them, Games Will Come)

            Where we game has changed a lot in recent years, not only with the success of the Wii as a system where games are played in a space, not just on a screen (quickly imitated by Kinect for the Xbox 360 and Move for the PS3).

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Is Their an Overabundance of Video Game Awards?

Video Game Awards

And the Award for Best Video Game Awards Goes To No One

            Movies have the Oscars, TV the Emmys, theatre the Tonys, and music the Grammys. What do video games have? Thinking about game awards reveals how different from older entertainment media today’s game industry really is.

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Bioshock Infinite vs The Last of Us: A Look Back Part 2

BioShock Infinite, The Last of Us

Note: spoilers for the two games being discussed are all over this article.

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Bioshock Infinite vs The Last of Us: A Look Back Part 1

BioShock Infinite, The Last of Us

Note: spoilers for the two games being discussed are all over this article.

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What is your thought, do video games have Spoilers?

 Video Game Spoilers, Stories

Can Gameplay Have Spoilers Like Stories Can?

NOTE: This post contains story and/or gameplay spoilers for the following games: Final Fantasy VII, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, The Walking Dead (Telltale Games version), Mass Effect (1), Heavy Rain, Spec Ops: The Line, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Infamous 2, and Mass Effect 3.

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Why Online Gaming Is Good for Kids

Online Gaming for Kids

Online Gaming for ChildrenVideo consoles like Playstation and Nintendo were once the kind of video game units that had people locked in their rooms alone for hours on end, but now they've brought the world inside by connecting gamers over the internet.

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Some Games You Have to Play on Hard Mode, To Fully Enjoy

BioShock Infinite, The Last of Us

When I moved to back to Chicago, IL in 2004, I brought with me an old hand-me-down Nintendo 64 Video Game Console (or, more accurately, hand-me-up, since it came from a younger brother). After sending out a batch of job applications,

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Video Gaming Experiences, that have Changed our Outlook!

Retro Video Game Experiences

Gaming Firsts: A different perspective on influential gaming experiences

            I’ve never thought about my gaming history in any systematic way, so this post is me thinking through my gaming firsts (well, mostly firsts).

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Keep Playing, Why Classic Video games need a Remake

Retro Video Game Sequels

Remakes have to walk a tightrope between pleasing purist fans of the original and finding new audiences (and the cash in those audiences’ pockets), and the game that pleases both camps entirely is rare.  

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BioShock 1 Versus BioShock Infinite, Which One Wins?

BioShock, BioShock Infinite

Just finished a re-play of BioShock Infinite the other day. There are so many reviews and gamers calling BioShock Infinite one of the best games every made for the PS3.

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Free-to-Play Games: Got Questions we got the Answers!

Free To Play Games

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Can Halo Add Interesting In-Game Narratives to Its Gameplay?

Halo Multi-Player Games

 Should Halo Expanded it's giant Universe going forward? Or Not?

I never owned an Xbox system until I bought a 360 in Fall 2011. So I was almost exactly ten years late to the Halo party when I fired up a hand-me-down copy of Halo 2 that fall. Halo 2 was showing its age by that point, of course, but it still made an impression in a couple of ways.

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Foreign Subtitles in JRPG's will Give us the Best Story

JRPG Video Games

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The Best Life Lessons I Ever Learned from Videogames

Retro Gaming

A couple years back, while visiting with family over Thanksgiving, my cousins and siblings and I started playing the card game we call King Peasant (though it’s also called a lot of other things around the world). 

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When is it Time, to Play Skillfully or Run Like Hell?

Game Play and Design

Sometimes it's better to run!”: Enemy Leveling Systems Can Make or Break a Game World

A handful of hours into Final Fantasy XII, your party emerges from the linear opening of the game and is able to explore and level up in the game’s first open world environment: the Dalmasca Estersand.

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Can Violence Influence your Choice on Playing Certain Games?

Violence in Video Games

The Joys and Design of Violence in Your Favorite Video Games

            I’m going to be honest: I don’t just like the best shooters out there; I play a fair amount of also-rans as well. I got my PS4 less than a year ago and have been working through the back catalog playing games like Undertale and Bloodborne.

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Are Video Game Sequels, For Better or Worse?

Gaming Sequels

Balancing the Old and the New in Game Sequels

I started playing Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones for GBA yesterday, and while on the Fire Emblem Wiki I glanced over the summary of the game’s reception, which went something like this:

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Hell No, Videogames can't make me be a Racist or a Sexist!

Racist Video Games

In another post, I argued that videogames (like all expressive media) influence the world but that, cumulatively, their influence is more likely to be positive than negative because games can show us new. 

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Retro Gaming with the Sega Genesis

Sega Genesis Video Game Console

One of the most important consoles in the history of home video games was the Genesis, released by Sega in North America in the summer of 1989. It was a 16-bit console that featured a library that eventually topped out at over 900 different games.

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